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7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence

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6. Can you teach me something, as if I’ve never heard of it before? (It can be anything: A skill, a lesson or a puzzle.) 

A job candidate's answer to this question can reveal several qualities:

  • Whether the person is willing to take the time to think before speaking.

  • If the candidate has the technical ability to explain something to a person who is less knowledgeable in the subject.

  • Whether the candidate asks empathetic questions to the person being taught, such as, “Is this making sense?” 

7. What are the top three factors you would attribute to yoursuccess?

The answer to this question can determine whether a person is selfless or selfish, Alvarez says. “When people talk about their own success, listen to whether someone talks about ‘me-me-me’ or ‘I-I-I.’ Or whether they talk about ‘the team,’ ‘we’ or ‘us.’”

“Look for a team player who brings something positive to the company,” Cincotta shares. “Someone can be the smartest person in the room, but if they are not someone you enjoy working with -- because they are more concerned with their own success over that of the company -- they won’t be a fit.”

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